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  • Series: The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; First Edition edition (July 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226748413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226748412
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The translations strike that difficult balance between fidelity to the original and natural English idiom. Latinless readers will not be confused, philosophically minded readers will appreciate the citations, and classicists will find in the notes the discussion and arguments they may want to clarify the original....An admirable effort to bring Seneca to a wider audience."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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“The translations are faithful and lively. . . . Although the translators take Seneca seriously as a moralizing philosopher, their introductions and annotations—though attentive to the literary and rhetorical qualities Seneca’s writing displays—are not technical in terms of philosophy. Accordingly, they will be accessible to any intelligent reader.”
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Robert A. Kaster is professor of classics and the Kennedy Foundation Professor of Latin Language and Literature at Princeton University. He is the author of Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome, among other volumes.  Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago and author of Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities and Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach, among other volumes.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Ann on December 3, 2012
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This is a great book. It provides plenty of notes on the texts so you can understand the context of the texts.
This contains three works : On Anger, On Clemency, and The Pumpkinification of Claudius

Seneca is most known for being a avid stoic and the tutor of Nero. A basic understanding of Stoicism will really enhance your understanding of these texts which there is a little discussion of Stoicism in the intro.

On Anger is a philosophical text on the pitfalls of anger. It was actually written for some male relation of Seneca, his nephew maybe? For this being a text translated from Latin, it is really easy to follow. In general, I find Senecan writings translate a lot nicer than other Roman authors. Seneca's basic argument relies on stoic principles to point out why you should never give into anger. Even, according to Seneca, if you see your mother being raped or your father killed, you should not give into anger. Overall, this work gives a real good look into the turmoil and treacherous environment ancient Rome was, especially in politics.

On Clemency is just what it sounds like, a work about being clement. This work was written for Nero. However, never finished. It was started at the beginning of Nero's reign, then it is speculated Seneca stopped writing it when it became obvious Nero was not going to be a clement ruler. Once again, Seneca relies on stoic principles to make his argument for clemency. Since this was written for Nero, it is impossible to read it and not see how Nero fails. Though Seneca certainly works through his Stoic values in this work you can really see how he turns them to appeal to Nero's vanity. Such as repeatedly painting a ruler, i.e.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By F. Bailey Norwood on August 11, 2013
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Only buy works of Seneca from this series. Better than any other translation, it's best features are the many footnotes which helps u understand what Seneca is alluding to. Many times Seneca will use examples only his contemporaries would understand, but with these footnotes, modern readers may also.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nelson on March 11, 2013
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Seneca nails and pounds at us, teaches how to keep the dragon, Anger, at bay. His reasoning is tight, flawless. The world could gain immeasurably by a thorough submersion in this book's concepts. I've tried them. They work.
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Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman, philosopher, advocate and man of letters, was born in Spain around 4BC. He rose to prominence at Rome, pursuing a double career in the courts and political life, until Claudius sent him into exile exile on the island of Corsica for eight years. Recalled in AD49, he was appointed tutor to the boy who was to become, in AD54, the emperor Nero. Seneca acted for eight years as Nero's unofficial chief minister until Nero too turned against him and he retired from public life to devote himself to philosophy and writing. In AD65, following the discovery of a plot against the emperor, he and many others were compelled by Nero to commit suicide.

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